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In an exclusive report by Reuters on Wednesday, three sources indicated that French authorities told domestic telecommunications firms planning to buy Huawei 5G equipment that they would not be able to renew licenses for the gear once they expire in three to eight years, a move that amounts to a de facto ban of the Chinese company by 2028. One source indicated that Huawei equipment will effectively be removed from French networks even before that time, as it would be difficult for telecom operators to take the risk of purchasing Huawei gear, given that it would take roughly eight years for them to yield a return on their investment. “Granting three years amounts to a flat refusal,” the source added. The decision follows last week’s announcement from the United Kingdom that it was requiring its telecom firms to purge Huawei 5G from their networks by 2027, a diplomatic victory for the United States that put additional pressure on its European allies to follow suit. Both Huawei and France’s cybersecurity agency (ANSSI) declined to comment on Reuters’ reporting.